The Event of Events is a competition that is showcased in a reality webisode-style format. It will feature contestants pitching their event ideas to a panel of judges for a chance to win $20,000 to turn their event idea into reality.
Do you have an idea for a new event? Want to grow an existing one?
From conferences, to trade shows, festivals, sporting tournaments and beyond, Regina boasts a vibrant and diverse event scene with a reputation of a welcoming and well-organized host community. Do you have an idea for the next Pile O Bones BBQ Championships or Saskatchewan Fashion Week to enrich our community and attract visitors to our beautiful city?
Both brand new ideas and ideas for substantially growing or changing existing Regina-based events will be considered. Entries must be submitted by the individual or organizations that owns the event or idea.
Why Enter the Event of Events Competition?
The Event of Events Competition is only happening in 2016. Benefits of competing include:
A chance to win $20,000 in cash sponsorship;
Making valuable connections with leaders and champions within Regina’s event scene;
Chance to showcase your idea to a broad audience; and
Chance to develop a solid plan for your event idea, with guidance and feedback provided by our skilled and experienced judges and coaches.
Who Can Enter the Event of Events Competition?
The Event of Events Competition is open to legal residents of Canada, excluding Quebec, who are 18 years of age or older. Contestants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a legal guardian.
Previous experience in planning, hosting and organizing events is not required, but is an asset. Individuals or organizations that want to take ownership and execution of their ideas, and play a central role in bringing their event idea to fruition are encouraged to enter.
How Do I Enter?
To enter, answer the questions from the Entry Form and send your idea via email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: “Event of Events – (Your Event Idea)” no later than 3:00 P.M. CST Saskatchewan time on Friday, February 26, 2016.
The entry deadline is February 26, 2016. Following the deadline, contest officials will review submissions in accordance with established guidelines and criteria. Those that meet criteria will become official contestants in the competition and will be notified by mid-March.
Official contestants will be required to present a 3-minute pitch of their event idea to the panel of judges. Contestants that make it through the first elimination round will advance in the competition. Contestants will then work with coaches to refine and build on their ideas in preparation for their next pitch.
The full competition will be recorded and portions will be released on webisodes and online.
The competition will be produced and recorded on up to an estimated 3 weekends between March through June. Contestants will be expected to attend all required recording dates and may be disqualified from the competition at the discretion of the contest officials in the event of non-attendance.
How Will My Idea Be Judged?
All entries will initially be evaluated based on criteria that will consider, but not be limited to, the following:
The winning event must occur before December 31, 2017
The event must be hosted in the City of Regina’s official boundaries
The event intends to be held annually, for a minimum of three years
Events that are currently receiving sponsorship, or have received sponsorship from the Regina Hotel Association after December 31, 2013 are not eligible
The proposed event dates cannot conflict with an established, city wide event where there is no vacancy in hotels, like Canada’s Farm Progress Show and Canadian Western Agribition
The event has the potential to draw visitors to Regina and generate demand for hotel rooms
Legal Terms and Conditions
Please see additional contest rules and legal terms and conditions here.
About the Regina Hotel Association
The Event of Events competition is hosted and sponsored by the Regina Hotel Association (RHA), a not-for-profit organization that advances the business interests of Regina’s destination hotels through result-based member services, advocacy and marketing. The RHA is a not-for-profit organization representing almost 3,000 hotel rooms in 21 hotels that employ over 1,360 people in our city.
The RHA is the voice of Regina’s hotel industry and a lead advocate on important industry related issues. The RHA also administers its members’ Destination Marketing Program (DMP), a funding conduit to generate more hotel room night stays that will ultimately lead to a positive impact on tourism visitation and spending within Regina.
Meet Our Judges
Our judges are Regina-based event champions, who have successfully started or led the charge on some of the city’s most well-known marquee events.
Marty Seymour is the CEO of Canadian Western Agribition. As the leader of Canada’s largest livestock show, Marty is responsible for the growth and business development of the organization’s livestock, tradeshow, rodeo and entertainment initiatives. With over 130,000 visitors on an annual basis, Agribition is a western Canada showpiece for export activity of Agriculture goods and services.
Chelsea Petterson is enhancing fashion and retail entrepreneurship in Saskatchewan. As one of three founders of Saskatchewan Fashion Week, a start-up event success story entering its fifth year in 2016, the team has elevated the profile of Saskatchewan’s fashion industry. Chelsea is an event creator and an entrepreneur, both roles providing her with insights into what it takes to build a successful business plan.
Awelana Akeriwe is the founder of Regina AfroFest, Saskatchewan’s only outdoor African musical festival. Originally from Ghana, West Africa, Awelana had a vision of bringing people together through music, dance and food; the most heartfelt expressions of African culture. AfroFest is about experiencing African music and traditions, and increasing awareness of and interest in the rich diversity of Africa.
Todd Ripplinger's passion is hockey. For twenty years, Todd was a hockey scout regularly travelling all over Western Canada and the US, watching anywhere from 350 to 400 games per year. In 2009, Todd and his partner started the Regina Subaru AAA Hockey Classic, a premiere hockey tournament in Western Canada. Since its inception, this event has grown from a one-weekend tournament hosting 32 teams to a two-weekend tournament hosting over 80 teams.